The Benefits of Outdoor Living

Get outside and live a little.

The desire to extend the home into the great outdoors has been growing for years and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time in the near future. According to  Canadian Home Trends Magazine, 48 per cent of home renovations planned by its readers are focused on the patio, deck or outdoor space.

Thanks to weather-resistant furniture, appliances and fabrics, along with more fire pit, planting and lighting options than homeowners can keep track of, it’s easy to take your daily living outdoors, comfortably.

It’s now possible to cook a full meal outdoors and remain outdoors to enjoy it. High-end barbecues now include multiple grilling and cooking surfaces along with warming drawers and added storage. Bar fridges are a common sight in the outdoor kitchen, as well as full counters with sinks and cabinetry. There’s no need to set foot inside all day. There are tons of  great ideas out there.

The outdoor living room has also taken on a life all its own with complete furniture sets, outdoor televisions and custom lighting. Long gone are the days of plastic stacking chairs and citronella candles. Outdoor living has gone posh and can incorporate all the comforts of indoor living with the added benefit of fresh air. Check out options for your outdoor space at

And besides the benefits of expanding your living space and having somewhere to enjoy the nice weather, spending time in a natural setting also improves brain function, restoring your ability to exercise directed attention and working memory.

While dining alfresco and lounging on the outdoor couch, you’ll also be avoiding unnecessary exposure to indoor pollutants and getting that essential dose of vitamin D on a regular basis. Spending  time in the sun and raising your vitamin D levels can help prevent cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and diabetes.

And let’s not forget the social benefits. A patio table, bonfire or hot tub beg for the company of friends. With such a wonderful space in the great outdoors, why not share a laugh with friends and family? A good laugh is some of the best exercise you can get.

Paul Baron is with CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc. in Scarborough, ON.


  1. cagoldrealty 06/10/2011 at 12:32 AM

    I like this concept. I visited your blog for the first time and just been your fan. Keep posting as I am gonna come to read it everyday..

  2. Conservatory Furniture 06/17/2011 at 10:08 AM

    Good use of lighting is key in outdoor living area, too much and you will be spending your time with the bugs.

  3. Axel Kuhn 07/27/2011 at 3:52 PM

    Agreed. The outdoor space is so so important, especially since Metro Toronto lacks the park space so typical in other world class cities like Berlin and Paris.

    But there is still nothing like a cottage, for those that can afford the dual property.

    For example, is it possible to get Malibu-like beach living within 90 minutes from Toronto? Yes, and you get the added benefit of beachfront access to some of the cleanest freshwater in the world at Georgian Bay. And as clean water gets more and more scarce, investing in this precious commodity is as good as investing in Vancouver real estate.

    Check out Thunder Beach on Georgian Bay.

    You'll think you've been transported to Spain or the Caribbean.

  4. Ashley 10/03/2011 at 9:58 AM

    Entertaining outdoors is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. After being cooped up inside all winter, when summer rolls around I love throwing a big barbeque. Everybody hangs out around the food and the pool. Outside living spaces bring people together.

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  6. AHintz 05/02/2012 at 8:25 PM

    Great post. The addition of a Pergola can also help you get more use out of your outdoor living space. Check out the Pergolas that we offer.

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